Evangelical: To Name It Is To Claim It

Photo credit: <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/bpbp/3211400549/'>Brian A Petersen</a>

Photo credit: Brian A Petersen


Season 19: Episode 31

When you hear the word "evangelical," what comes to mind?  Do you picture someone standing on a street corner, brandishing a bible and urging you to repent?

It's a difficult word, and not just for people outside the fold.  On this episode, three evangelical Christians talk about their struggle with the label.

Later, one woman's story of belonging to - and being cast out of - a devout family of ultra-Orthodox Jews. 


Frank Faulk's documentary about reclaiming the word 'evangelical' includes interviews with Toronto pastor Greg Paul, television producer Stephen Lazarus, and Addie Zierman. Her book is called When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over. 

Later on the show, Leah Vincent talks about growing up in a Yeshivish community, a very conservative brand of Orthodox Judaism. After writing notes to a boy and showing a desire to go to college, she is turned out of her family and her religion.  

Leah's book is called Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

Book Excerpt:

Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

The call came one evening in August. I was in Jerusalem staying with my oldest sister, Goldy, for the summer.
"It's for you," Goldy shouted from the kitchen. "Aunt Fraidy!"
Aunt Fraidy had been my host in my last year of high school. My parents, concerned about the influence of my modern Orthodox classmates in our hometown of Pittsburgh, had sent me to live with my aunt's family in Manchester, the ultra-Orthodox environment that matched my parents' yeshivish strict values.
"Leah?" Aunt Fraidy said.
"Yes?" I answered.
"We just received a call from Mrs. Kohn. She was cleaning house and found some papers she thought we should know about."
Papers? I thought. What papers had my best friend's mother found?

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